With the news of Marvel’s new MMO currently in production, it appears to be a better time than ever to turn to its competitor DC Comics. Despite Marvel seeing greater success worldwide from its comic universe, when it comes to video games the two are neck and neck. You can’t argue that both franchises have delivered notable games across a variety of genres. But in this list, we want to take a specific look at DC Comics’ notable games.
What’s so great about DC Comics’ games is their amount of variety. There are MMOs, fighting games, Telltale games, and even RPGs based on the DC Universe. Not to mention well built at that. All these genres of DC Comic games are included, with no surprise at who number one is; hint, Gotham City. Enough hints and talking, it’s time to dive into the five best games based on DC Comics.
5. DC Universe Online
To start this list, we are taking it way back to 2011 with DC Universe Online. For its time period, the superhero-themed MMORPG genre had not seen a game like DC Universe before. At least not a game that offered as much hero customization on a massive MMO scale. At the end of the day, that’s all gamers wanted out of a hero game, and it delivered. With so many options available, you had complete control over designing your own superhero or villain.
I will admit, the game wasn’t perfect and it definitely had its fair share of mechanical and server flaws. Furthermore, if you weren’t playing with pals or partnering with someone online, the game was difficult to progress in. All this aside the game still delivered an enjoyable experience to its audience. It may not receive much attention these days, but it deserves to be recognized for its ability to produce a solid DC Comics game.
4. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
All editions of the Lego game series have been simple, pleasant, and amusing to play. Not just in this lit of DC Comic Games, but also one of the best Lego games is Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The game may not be pushing any new boundaries for video games but it doe’s a lot of the little things right, and that doesn’t go unnoticed. One of the little things that had a big impact was developing fun, humourous, and often loveable characters. I mean, most of the time, DC heroes and villains are portrayed as somewhat threatening, but not in Lego Batman 2. This gave the game its own identity within DC Comics that you don’t normally see.
Another little detail that had a significant influence was the delivery of a well-built and bug-free game. Lego games are meant to be relaxing and engaging through exploration and collection. Lego Batman 2 accomplished this by creating a frantic Gotham City that was worth exploring. It was also fun to play as a variety of DC’s primary heroes. All of these small details add up and contribute to a successful and well-put-together game.
3. The Wolf Among Us
What many people may not know, is that The Wolf Among Us is actually based on a DC Comic known as Fables. More specifically, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, which came out back in 2014 and ran until 2015. It’s a good thing Telltale Games recognized its compelling narrative and gave it to us in the form of a fantastic video game story-telling style. It’s one of the shorter series of Telltale Games, with only five episodes, but wow did they all deliver.
What really jelled was the game’s dark and mysterious nature, with the functionality of decision-based dialogue that’s typical in Telltale games. This really made you feel more invested in the storyline and like your decisions mattered. That’s because it did. There were multiple ending’s that you could inevitably end up with based on your decisions across the episodes. This really made your choices feel crucial, on what already is a very tension-filled story thus driving up the engagement factor.
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us
Fighting games are always fun to play on the sofa with friends, but having the opportunity to do it with your favorite DC heroes and villains simply adds to the fun. That’s exactly where Injustice: Gods Among Us comes in. You have a whole list of DC characters to fight with, from, and even a handful of names from Suicide Squad. I can’t forget to mention there are even some lesser-known characters that only true fans appreciate (Sorry Lobo). Regardless, all the characters were well depicted and designed with fighting abilities that matched their persona.
Whether you enjoy campaign mode in fighting games or not, Injustice: Gods Among Us did not disappoint on this front either. The story was thrilling, lucrative, and thick with backstory. This doesn’t go unnoticed, especially when you’re dealing with Comic fans whose whole appeal stems from the story. Plus, who doesn’t want to laser beam someone with Superman, run over someone with Flash, or cast play around with the creativity of Green Lantern.
1. Batman: Arkham City
Okay, you guessed it, but it would have been criminal if I didn’t label this as the best DC Comic game. The whole series brought you amazing games, but Arkham City without a doubt did it best. As soon as you step into this game you can tell that Rocksteady Studios brought the grungy and gothic appeal from Asylum to open-world Gotham. They also cranked up the rain dial that’s for sure. Aside from that, no other game will make you feel like you’ve entered the DC Comics Universe like Arkham City.
The combat also stood out tremendously and made the game an extremely fun experience. You could literally feel the brute force of playing as Batman and with the addition of all the awesome features of his bat belt. Like the grapple, which admittedly most of us abused. Then to top it all off, you have a well-constructed story that play’s on the original DC Comic narrative. You have a brilliantly constructed world, engaging characters, vigorous fighting, and an original story, there isn’t much more you could ask for. Arkham City hit’s all of these areas out of the park and takes the cake for the best DC Comic game.
Well, it isn’t out quite yet, but you already know it’s going to be a contender with Arkham City so I have to mention it. The new Gotham Knights is set to release on October 25, 2022, and could easily slide into the first spot on this list. If you’re a fan of DC Comic games, this is one to keep your eye on.
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